Every hour of every day, 365 days a year, the New Zealand Defence Force is contributing to the defence, security and well-being of Aotearoa/New Zealand. It is our goal to maintain well-trained and equipped armed forces that can react to crisis at short notice. We work in partnership with many other government agencies helping people and protecting our territory and our oceans. Regular Force, Reservists and Civilians – together we are a Force for New Zealand.
No one was more surprised to be judged the winner of the Royal New Zealand Navy’s badge competition for its newest and largest ship, HMNZS Aotearoa, than Steven Knight, a Chief Petty Officer with the RNZN.
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NZDF Ceremonial Support Requests for Anzac Day
NZDF Personnel Named in New Year Honours LIst
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This section offers the latest Defence Force news. We regularly issue statements and background information to the media.
Information about how to apply for military service records and medals from NZDF Archives, what to expect from the files and where to go for further information.
There are currently around 250 NZDF personnel serving on 11 operations overseas over the Christmas period.